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Russia agents foil terrorism plot in Sochi

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Russia agents foil terrorism plot in Sochi

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MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian agents have foiled terror attack plans on the Black Sea resort of Sochi, host of the 2014 Winter Games, the country's secret service said Thursday. Russia's National Anti-Terrorist Committee said the secret service agency FSB had discovered ten caches of weapons and ammunition on May 4 and May 5 in Georgia's breakaway republic of Abkhazia, a region near Sochi. The arms seized included portable surface-to-air missiles, grenade launchers, flame throwers, grenades, rifles and explosives, it said. Authorities said the terrorists were planning to smuggle the explosives and arms to Sochi "between 2012 and 2014 in order to use them during the preparations and during the games." They did not elaborate on how they came to this conclusion. Sochi is less than dozen miles away from Russia's border with Abkhazia, a tiny region on the Black Sea that declared independence from Georgia in 2008. Few countries other than Russia have supported its independence. Georgia and Russia, both former Soviet republics, had a brief but intense war in 2008 and are still very distrustful of each other. The FSB said it suspects the attacks targeting Sochi were being masterminded by Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov, whom it alleges has close ties to Georgia's secret service. Umarov has previously claimed responsibility for the 2011 deadly bombing in a Moscow airport that killed 35 people. However, Shota Khizanishvili, chief of staff at Georgia's Interior Ministry, denied any links between Georgia and Umarov. "I can only say that the National Anti-Terrorist Committee is staffed with people with peculiar fantasies," Khizanishvili told The Associated Press. "They're always trying to accuse Georgia and its secret services of everything in any situation and without any grounds. This is a sign of a severe paranoia." Sochi's selection as the host of the 2014 Winter Games had sparked fears of possible terrorist activity, although no attacks have occurred so far. The city is located in the same area as Russia's volatile North Caucasus region, which is plagued with near-daily violence linked to an Islamist insurgency that spread from the province of Chechnya to neighboring areas in the late 1990s.

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Redskins trade for Steelers' center Lucas Crowley

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Redskins trade for Steelers' center Lucas Crowley

The Redskins bolstered their offensive line depth late Wednesday, announcing a trade for Steelers' center Lucas Crowley. 

In return, Washington sent corner back Dashaun Phillips to Pittsburgh. 

The move comes just a few days after the team's starting center, Spencer Long, had his knee scoped. Long will miss a few weeks because of the procedure, so Crowley gives Jay Gruden another option in the middle of his O-line.

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Crowley, a rookie, played his college ball at the University of North Carolina, and signed with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent. He caught on with the Steelers earlier in the month. 

Phillips played at Tarleton State and also went undrafted. He had been a Redskin for two seasons.

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Lane Johnson declares Eagles are 'going to go down to D.C. and whup some a—' vs. Redskins

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Lane Johnson declares Eagles are 'going to go down to D.C. and whup some a—' vs. Redskins

Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson has a lot to say.

The 6-6, 310-pound Texas native was suspended ten games last season for failing a drug test, and with the 2017 season approaching, he has a lot to get off his chest.

Johnson penned an article on The Players' Tribune Wednesday, and had a lot to say regarding his anger toward the NFL and playing in Philadelphia. Being suspended for ten games "lit a fire under my a—," he says, and there may be more perfect place for a person like that than in Philadelphia. Philadelphia sports fans are angry. That's not an insult. If anything, it's a term of endearment. Philly fans like being ticked off and they like it when their players are too.

Needless to say, Johnson is ticked off.

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You really should read the article, and if you do, you will get to this nice nugget about the Redskins, who play the Eagles in Week 1. 

Let me tell you what’s going to happen in a couple of weeks: This team is going to go down to D.C. and whup some a— against the Redskins. We’re going to surprise some people.

As of publishing, the Redskins are 2.5-point betting favorites, which essentially means it's a push on a neutral field. An Eagles' win — even a blowout one — won't surprise people. But Johnson is angry, and it's pretty fun to experience.

He ends his piece with this power stroke. 

So Philly, here’s what we’re gonna need from you: Fly with us and just be you.  

Come out to the games, drink some beers and raise some hell. Make this a place where our team loves to play and everybody else hates — especially Cowboys fans.

We’ll take care of the rest.

At least we can agree on hating the Cowboys.